of Captain Hollins at the blockading fleet must have infused new life and spirit into our people.
The Government is fast provident, to the extent of its ability, shoes and clothing for our troops, and is greatly relieved in this herculean task by the patriotic and generous aid of just such governors of States as our own Tom Moore.
I am sure you will be persuaded that nothing I can do shall be left undone for the defense of Louisiana, while you would not wish, I am equally sure, that I should neglect the defenses of other points of importance in order to concentrate all our resources in New Orleans alone.
Yours, very truly,
J. P. BENJAMIN.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF ALA. AND WEST FLA., Numbers 1.
Near Pensacola, Fla., October 14, 1861.
I. The command of Major-General Bragg, extended by Special Orders, Numbers 173, Adjutant-General's Office, October 7, 1861, to include the coast and State of Alabama, will be known as the Department of Alabama and West Florida. All returns and reports from troops stationed therein will be rendered to the headquarters, near Pensacola.
II. The following G. Garner, assistant adjutant-general.
1. Major George G. Garner, assistant adjutant-general.
2. First Lieutenant Towson Ellis, aide-de-camp.
3. First Lieutenant J. E. Slaughter, acting inspector-general.
4. Captain W. R. Boggs, chief of engineers and artillery.
5. Captain H. Oladowski, chief of ordnance.
6. Major L. W. O'Bannon, chief quartermaster.
7. Captain Thomas M. Joners, chief of subsistence and paymaster.
8. Surg. A. J. Foard, medical director.
9. First Lieutenant H. W. Walter, acting judge-advocate.
III. Brigadier General J. M. Withers will continue in the execution of his present command, to be known as the District of Alabama.
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By command of Major-General Bragg:
GEO. G. GARNER,
NEW ORLEANS, LA., October 14, 1861.
Honorable J. P. BENJAMIN,
Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.:
We want muskets without delay. Send us some.
THO. O. MOORE.
RICHMOND, VA., October 16, 1861.
Gov. THOMAS O. MOORE,
New Orleans, La.:
Will send you the very first muskets that I can dispose of.
J. P. BENJAMIN,
Acting Secretary of War.